The Life of Marie de Medicis — Volume 1 eBook

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[207] Sully, Mem. vol. iv. pp. 128, 129.  Daniel, vol. vii. p. 423.  Mezeray, vol. x. p. 219.

[208] Elisabeth de France, who married in 1615 Philip IV of Spain.

[209] Bassompierre, Mem. p. 26.



Court festivities—­Madame de Verneuil is lodged in the palace—­She gives birth to a daughter—­Royal quarrels—­Mademoiselle de Guise—­Italian actors—­Revolt at Metz—­Henry proceeds thither and suppresses the rebellion—­Discontent of the Duc d’Epernon—­The Duchesse de Bar and the Duc de Lorraine arrive in France—­Illness of Queen Elizabeth of England—­Her death—­Indisposition of the French King—­Sully at Fontainebleau—­Confidence of Henri IV in his wife—­His recovery—­Renewed passion of Henry for Madame de Verneuil—­Anger of the Queen—­Quarrel of the Comte de Soissons and the Duc de Sully—­The edict—­Treachery of Madame de Verneuil—­Insolence of the Comte de Soissons—­A royal rebuke—­Alarm of Madame de Verneuil—­Hopes of the Queen—­Jealousy of the Marquise—­The dinner at Rosny—­The King pacifies the province of Lower Normandy—­The Comte de Soissons prepares to leave the kingdom—­Is dissuaded by the King—­Official apology of Sully—­Reception of Alexandre-Monsieur into the Order of the Knights of Malta—­Death of the Duchesse de Bar—­Grief of the King—­The Papal Nuncio—­Treachery near the throne—­A revelation—­The Duc de Villeroy—­A stormy audience—­Escape of L’Hote—­His pursuit—­His death—­Ignominious treatment of his body—­Madame de Verneuil asserts her claim to the hand of the King—­The Comte d’Auvergne retires from the Court—­Madame de Verneuil requests permission to quit France—­Reply of the King—­Indignation of Marie—­The King resolves to obtain the written promise of marriage—­Insolence of the favourite—­Weakness of Henry—­He asks the advice of Sully—­Parallel between a wife and a mistress—­A lame apology—­The two Henrys—­Reconciliation between the King and the favourite—­Remonstrances of Sully—­A delicate dilemma—­Extravagance of the Queen—­The “Pot de Vin”—­The royal letter—­Evil influences—­Henry endeavours to effect a reconciliation with the Queen—­Difficult diplomacy—­A temporary calm—­Renewed differences—­A minister at fault—­Mademoiselle de la Bourdaisiere—­Mademoiselle de Beuil—­Jealousy of Madame de Verneuil—­Conspiracy of the Comte d’Auvergne—­Intemperance of the Queen—­Timely interference—­Confidence accorded by the Queen to Sully—­A dangerous suggestion—­Sully reconciles the royal couple—­Madame de Verneuil is exiled from the Court—­She joins the conspiracy of her brother—­The forged contract—­Apology of the Comte d’Entragues—­Promises of Philip of Spain to the conspirators—­Duplicity of the Comte d’Auvergne—­He is pardoned by the King—­His treachery suspected by M. de Lomenie—­D’Auvergne escapes to his government:—­Is made prisoner and conveyed to the Bastille—­His self-confidence—­A devoted wife—­The requirements of a prisoner—­Hidden documents—­The treaty with Spain—­The Comtesse d’Entragues—­Haughty demeanour of Madame de Verneuil—­The mistress and the minister—­Mortification of Sully—­Marriage of Mademoiselle de Beuil—­Henry embellishes the city of Paris and undertakes other great national works.

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